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How Corrupt Is The Moyer Machine?

| February 27, 2009, 09:59 AM | 3 Comments

The Arundel Muckraker, in conjunction with Capital Punishment has an outstanding piece on the corruption in City Hall and the fabulous contracting jobs available if you are a member of the FOE.  No, it is not the Fraternal Order of Elks. Not even the electricians, but Friends of Ellen!

Of course in any political position, there are going to be favors returned and, to an extent, some “good old boy” contracts; but this looks pretty extensive to me. But these seem to fly in the face of the city’s own rules as outlined in their purchasing manual. Check out these no-bid contracts awarded in the last year of a lame duck Mayor.annapoliscitylogor

  • $60,000 to Don Lamb-Minor
  • $60,000 to Stephen Carr
  • $50,000 to Diane Talbot
  • $45,000 to Straughan Environmental Services

It is evident that there is nothing any of us can do to reign in this Mayor, but certainly, we ought to be looking into this matter to prevent it from happening when we are finally free from the shackles of the Moyer Administration.

Perhaps the most amusing quote from the Muckraker story came from Tony Spencer who is the Director of the Office of Youth and Community Affairs.

You’re digging for dirt, and I’m not the one who’s going to provide it.

Hey Tony, with a name like “Muckraker”, what did you expect?

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  1. Loni Moyer says:

    Hello All,

    Loni Moyer, here. I’m proud to say I am not just a ‘Friend of Ellen’ but her daughter.

    Since you asked, Ellen Moyer is not corrupt at all.

    Of the three people and one consulting firm you’ve mentioned above, two (Diane Talbot and Straughn Consulting Services) were unknown to my mother prior to their employment with the city. One, Steve Carr, has held contracts with the city for the past 17 years. He worked under both the Hopkins and Johnson administrations. He has also been involved in bringing close to $2 million dollars in environmental grants to this city.

    Don Lamb-Minor, I believe, could be counted as a genuine friend of Ellen’s and frankly, I’m glad. To know Don, is to like him. He is as competent, professional, genuine, honest, and decent a human being as I know. While you may have questions about his hiring, your implication of him as a corrupt player in a corrupt “political machine” is simply wrong.

    Speaking of political machines, could you specify what you mean by that? Is my mother considered the head of a “corrupt political machine” because she has won every election she has ever run? Funny, if she were an athlete, she’d be considered a champion and a winner, not part of an ominous “athletic machine”. If she were a man, she’d be a “real go getter”. But, perhaps you know something I don’t. Maybe my mother is intimidating voters with threats of violence. Do you suppose she is connected to the mob? Other than being a competent politician who has dedicated herself to public service for 40 years, what, specifically, has she done to qualify herself as a machine?

    I don’t know who is behind eyeonannapolis or this particular posting. (I heard about the site from John Frenaye). If you have not yet done so, however, I encourage you to run for local office. Know, personally, the exhausting effort it takes to first win political office and then keep it. Even more so, I look forward to the day, as your lengthy and accomplished career comes to its natural close, that you are beset by brave bloggers who take shots not at issues, but insult your personal integrity, and shout false corruption charges by cherry picking information and misinforming their public.

    Loni Moyer

  2. Steven L. Moyer says:

    Attention Sir ,
    If you have any, any inclination that Mayor Ellen Moyer Is Corrupt,discietful or dishonest in any manor whatsoever I would like to engage you in a Professional manner at my costs for dinner or lunch at your convenience. Annapolis is a Well respected Capital city due to the service of many public officials such as herself !
    Steven L . Moyer

  3. Hmm says:

    This is funny–I thought politicians had thick skins???? If you run for office you are never going to do everything right. I thought they told you guys that in Running For Office 101.

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